Modern Duplex – Borrowed Blog

July 28, 2010

Kurt at dornob posts some really great things.  I Love this enough to repost as a Borrowed Blog today.  Hope you enjoy looking.  Intresting design, love the way the wall becomes a fence, check it out…..

At one extreme, and on the lower level, stacked wine rack modules make up the walls of a fortress-like home – the gaps filled in with colorful glass, a modern twist on traditionally colorful Spanish architecture and the red clay of classic Spanish roof tiles. At the other extreme, hovering above, hangs a looming concrete box with punched-out openings and glass infill – it  seems to float on air.

Aside from having the same architect (Javier Peña of Xpiral), these two seemingly opposite structures share certain rhythms and box-like shapes, but are clearly distinct – far more so than your typical split-level house or side-divided home.

The strategies for separating each piece are not just artistic choices, but responses to the surrounding environment and opportunities presented on the first and second levels of the sloped plot.

The higher side faces the mountains and sky, while the lower looks down on the land below – overlapping plans make the entire design look like part of one building, but these views set the levels well apart.

There are clever places where the materials overlap – the wine-rack walls forming a fence for the upper level, for example – but one gets the overwhelming sense that each resident owns their own unique territory and custom set of spaces even though they share the same site.

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